British teenager Mia Brookes, 16, becomes the youngest world champion in snowboarding history after producing a first-of-its-kind routine to win slopestyle gold for Great Britain in Bakuriani, Georgia
- Mia Brooks won gold in the women’s slopestyle snowboard competition
- Brookes first ever CAB 1440 double grab in women’s event to secure gold
- The British star has been snowboarding since she was 18 months old
British teenager Mia Brookes became the youngest world champion in snowboarding history after capping off a great morning in Bakuriani, Georgia with a landmark move.
The 16-year-old, the first to win slopestyle world gold for Great Britain, also landed the first CAB 1440 double grab in a women’s competition en route to a second-place score of 91.38 in her first world championships.
That lifted her ahead of two-time defending champion Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand, who took silver with a best of 88.78 from her first run, while Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka rounded out the podium in 83.05.
Brooks, who sealed victory with the penultimate run of the competition, told the BBC: “I honestly feel like I’m going to cry. I’ve never been so happy in my life. I can’t even talk, I’m so happy. I was on top and my coach said, “If you want to win it, just try 14.”
“I tried 12 in training and I made it and almost got to 14, and I knew it was possible on that jump. I’ve tried it once before, but this is the first time I’ve stepped on it, so I’m really happy.’
Britain’s Mia Brookes became the youngest world champion in snowboarding history
Brooks triumphs in women’s slopestyle event at World Championships in Georgia
The 16-year-old landed the first CAB 1440 double grab in women’s competition to win gold
Brookes has been snowboarding since she was 18 months old, traveling in her family’s motorhome across Europe.
He was scouted by GB Snowsport coaches at the age of 10 and was selected in the team’s development squad the following year.
GB Snowsport coach Pat Sharples told www.gbsnowsport.com: “What Mia did here today is just next level. We all know Mia has the talent, but this is her first season on the World Cup circuit and her first world championship, so for her to achieve such a run with all the pressure of a world championship tells you everything you need to know about her.
“We are all excited for Mia, her coaches Mikey and Ben, her parents and the whole team around her.”
Brookes had competed in World Rookie Tour competitions after joining the GB Snowsport development team.
She made her senior debut at a Europa Cup event in Switzerland in December 2020, underscoring her potential with a second place finish in the slopestyle competition.
Brooks only made her debut on the top World Cup circuit in October when the teenager competed in the Big Air event in Kreischberg, Austria.
GB Snowsport coach Pat Sharples described Brookes’ achievement as “next level”
Her maiden World Cup slopestyle appearance ended with a podium finish, with Brookers finishing second in Laax in January.
The result was one of three top-10 finishes during her World Cup debut.
Brooks will also compete in the women’s Big Air event at the World Championships in Georgia, with qualifying scheduled for March 4.
The final will take place on March 5.